Quilt Books · Quilting

A Book Worth Buying

Any time I hear there is a new pattern or book coming from Carrie Nelson, I add it to my “must-have” list. Carrie’s approach to quilting seems really similar to mine  . . . why use one fabric when you can use 100? Her latest book,  Miss Rosie’s Farmhouse Favorites, brings together some of her favorite designs from the past in one easy-to-use resource.

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Some of the quilts may look familiar–they’ve been available as stand-alone patterns at one time or another. Several of the designs have been updated with new fabrics and color options. If you’re like me, having patterns gathered together in a single volume has the potential of saving lots of hours searching for that pattern I know I have put somewhere “safe” until I need it. So I was glad to add this book to my library even though I have a few of these patterns safely tucked away somewhere.

Many of Carrie’s designs are on my lifetime bucket list, carefully saved for that day when I have endless hours to sew for myself (that day is coming, right?) I’ve added a couple more, thanks to this book.

One of my favorites is Opening Day–I loved the original version but I love it even more now in this crisp, blue & white combo:


My version might have to be purple & white though.

Wayne & Gordie somehow looks both modern & 1930s-chic at the same time, recolored with Jen Kingwell’s fabrics and a gray chambray.


I always enjoy Carrie’s books because her writing style is so friendly & conversational–I feel like she’s just chatting with me about her pattern. This book is no exception. If you want to add it to your library, check your local quilt shop or order it here.

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Aurifil thread to match Dream at Dawn


Are you following my blog yet? I’m ramping up the number of posts I’ll do each month & this will be a great platform to get detail about my fabric lines, patterns and more.

If you’re going to make Dream at Dawn over the next year, be sure to pick up my coordinating Aurifil thread collections for your piecing and machine quilting.

My small box has 7 small spools of 50 wt cotton thread perfectly matched to the Dandy Days prints and 3 spools of the fabulous 80 wt thread in shades of grey, perfect for English paper piecing or applique.

My large box has 10 large spools of 50 wt thread and 2 spools of 28 wt variegated thread for your machine quilting needs.

You can buy both boxes here!

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Dream at Dawn

My Dream at Dawn quilt has debuted in McCall’s Quick Quilts.


The quilt will be presented as a year-long series, you’ll need to pick up the magazine each time it comes out over the next year. You can subscribe here.

The quilt features my Dandy Days fabric line. It’s 72″ x 96″ and is perfect for a confident beginner.


My friend, Dolores, helped with piecing this quilt and Sarabeth Rebe worked her quilting magic on it.

You can purchase a kit to make your own Dream at Dawn here.

The quilt features easy rotary cutting and machine piecing techniques. If you’re looking for a cheery, colorful project that you can work on a little at time, Dream at Dawn is perfect!





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APQ Block Party!

Have you seen the latest issue of Quilts and More?


It features the annual APQ Quilt-along and you’re going to want to make one of these quilts!

I’m excited to be sewing along this year. Right now, I’m focused on selecting fabrics.

Here’s my initial pull:

apqdandyI’m planning to use my Dandy Days fabrics & I may add a few solids to the mix once I get started.

Pick up your own copy of the magazine & join me in making this fun, easy quilt!

If you’re already in the planning stages, what fabrics do you plan to use?


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Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 14 Blog Tour

Each time I’ve seen a Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks magazine out on newsstands, I’ve dreamed of the day my name or block might be on the cover. Well, this time, the dream came true! I’m so excited to be part of Volume 14 and to have my name right there among all the other incredible folks who contributed to this issue.


When I thought about designing a block for the magazine, I knew I wanted to do something unusual, something not immediately recognizable as a classic block from the past.

I’ve always loved the “Peaky and Spike” triangle unit and decided to start there. I also really like pinwheels so I wanted to incorporate that in my block too.

Here’s my block featuring my Revved Up Retro fabrics.


By playing with the light and dark coloring of the skinny triangles, I gave this block potential for creating interesting secondary designs when it is set together. Here’s what a quilt made from the block would look like:


Of course, the look will change totally when you play with color. Here’s the block colored in a few of my upcoming Dandy Days prints:


See how that creates a totally different quilt?


As the name implies, there are 100 incredible block designs from designers you love in Volume 14. I’d love to give one away to you. Comment here and tell me what your favorite block is to be eligible for a chance to win. Entries close at  11:59 p.m. on Sunday, November 20. I’ll email the winner for his/her address on Monday 11/21.

I’m also doing giveaways on Facebook & Instagram to promote the blog hop & the magazine. Be sure to follow me there to see how to have more chances to win more prizes!

And, don’t forget to go visit the Quilty Pleasures blog for more prizes and more info on other designers who contributed to this issue!



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Million Pillowcase Challenge Blog Hop

It’s almost time  . . . the third annual One Million Pillowcase Challenge 24-Hour Sew-a-Thon begins at 3:00 P.M. on Friday, September 16th and runs through 3:00 P.M. on Saturday, September 17th  at the American Patchwork and Quilting headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa.

By now, you must be familiar with the Pillowcase Challenge. Since 2010, American Patchwork & Quilting has been challenging quilters, crafters, and sewers across the country to help reach the goal of donating 1 million pillowcases to local charities.  Since inception, more than 687,000 pillowcases have been recorded on the challenge website. Joining American Patchwork & Quilting magazine in support of the challenge are 2016 sponsors Baby Lock, Coats, Free Spirit Fabric, Handi Quilter, Martingale, Moda Fabrics, Northcott, Paintbrush Studio, Robert Kaufman and Timeless Treasures Fabrics.

I’m thrilled to be supporting the challenge this year. I’ve already made my first pillowcase using one of my favorite prints from my Revved Up Retro fabric line with a couple of coordinating prints from sponsor Moda Fabrics.

Here are the fabrics I started with:



That bubble print is one of my favorites. If you like it too, you can order some here or ask for it in your favorite quilt shop.

If you don’t live close enough to travel to the sew-a-thon at APQ headquarters, you can still make a pillowcase (or two, or ten) and donate them to the cause.

There’s a huge selection of patterns available here.

I chose the basic pattern and embellished it with an extra accent band  but you can add piecing or applique details or totally do your own thing. If you haven’t already, read through the basic pattern  . . . it has the clearest explanation of how to do French seams that I’ve ever seen. . . ah-mazing!


Pillowcases can be donated at participating shops or you can donate to the charity of your choice (a list of possibilities is here). Make sure to report your donation so you can help us move toward the goal of one million pillowcases!

Won’t you join me in brightening someone’s day with the gift of a pillowcase?


Quilting · The Splendid Sampler

My Splendid Sampler block

Welcome to my day on the Splendid Sampler journey. I’m so happy to be part of this incredible adventure with Pat Sloan, Jane Shallala Davidson and all of you!

My block is all about using the most fabrics possible . . .  and pinwheels! Get the pattern now on the Splendid Sampler page.

Like so many of you, I LOVE fabric . . . all types, all colors, prints, plaids, batiks. With so much fabric and so little time, what’s a girl to do?


Early on, I decided that using as many fabrics as possible in each quilt would be one to way to actually use a little bit of everything I love in my lifetime. I incorporated that philosophy in my Splendid Sampler block.

Twirl Time is my take on a pinwheel with the bonus that you don’t have a gazillion seams coming together in the center of the block. The story accompanying my block reveals that as a self-taught quilter I wasn’t aware that all those points and seams coming together should be scary so one of my first quilts was a classic double pinwheel.

My message to you, is dive in! Make a block. Don’t worry about perfection. Enjoy the journey.

My Twirl Time, uses a different fabric in each piece which let me use 20 different fabrics in this one 6″ block. Here’s how I grouped things:

Yummy, coral-y pinks & reds and blues are the main colors for my block.


Dark greys in the corners and backgrounds in an assortment of light grey, low volume prints bring it all together.

My block is really easy. You use the classic, “cut, draw, stitch, flip” technique to piece those triangles.

You’ll get units like this:


Which all go together to make  . . . Twirl Time!


I can’t wait to see your version of my block. Will you use 20 fabrics like I did or will you use 4 or will it be somewhere in between? Follow my blog here, follow me on Instagram at sjmax105 or find me on Facebook at Designs by Sarah J. My new fabric line is debuting August 1, & I have some fun new projects coming for Quilt Market that I’ll be sharing.